How to Choose a Wine Cooler

Fully installed wine coolers are probably called “coolers” instead of fridges because of just how cool they look, especially those that have those enchanting LED backlights that illuminate the bottles and the tips of the unit itself. If you actually see one in someone else’s house or if you see it in a rather good-looking interior design demo display then even if you’re not a wine enthusiast or any form of wine drinker you might consider becoming one or just getting a wine cooler as an ornament.

Yeah, they are THAT good-looking, but how does one go about picking out a wine cooler? It’s definitely not a case of just walking into a store and picking out the cheapest one, neither would it be about getting the most expensive one. In fact, price is only a factor insofar as to what budget you actually have to work with – how much you can afford to spend for your wine cooler. It also depends on whether it is lit properly and matches the aesthetic of the room. You may want to get expert interior design advice in that regard. A well-placed cooler can turn your room from average to luxury pretty quickly.

Electrical Considerations

When setting up a wine cooler, make sure there’s a nearby electrical outlet to plug it into. Most wine coolers need a dedicated 15-20 amp circuit. If you don’t have a suitable outlet nearby, you might need to hire a handyman or electrician to install one for you. You can search online for “handyman in my area in Naples” to find reputable professionals nearby. When installing the new circuit and outlet for your wine cooler., make sure to consult them about compliance with local electrical codes.

Temperature range(s)

I (sort of) emphasised temperature ranges (plural) instead of temperature range because if it’s more about the visual appearance and impact your wine cooler is going to make, it’s better to go with a bigger one and one which has dual functionality. Of course, by dual functionality I’m referring to a compartmentalised cooler that suggestively stores both red and white wine varieties, so we’ll be talking here something like French doors (double doors). For some reason these kinds of wine coolers always tend to look the best – I don’t know; I reckon it might have something to do with the fact that the manufacturers know they take up so much space that they have no choice but to make them look really good.

Some of these even look like next-generation appliances with an air of mystery about them since they feature rather dark-looking door faces and have any onlookers only really noticing that they’re wine coolers if they look closer or if the bottles are illuminated.

If a wine cooler caters to the temperature range of both red and white wines then you can most definitely store other beverages in it for optimal cooling, so even if you’re not a wine drinker you can enjoy the functional use of your wine cooler and not just display it for interior design purposes.


It’s very important to consider the operation of the wine cooler you plan on purchasing, i.e. what operational features it provides you with regards to how you can keep an eye on the temperature and how you can play around with the settings if needs be. At the end of the day, you don’t want what was initially meant to be an asset to be a burden, so the temperature display should be easy to read and the unit should be responsive to your tweaks and adjustments (it shouldn’t take too long to adjust according to your inputs).

Finally, go for thermoelectric cooling instead of compression cooling, simply because it’s eco-friendly. Compression cooling is associated with the technology that goes into older fridges and kind of defeats the purpose of your wine cooler being exactly that – a wine cooler.

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